Dinner and dance part of legal fraternity tradition, says deputy law minister

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  • Sunday, 20 Jan 2019

Thomas (in white shirt) and Malanjum (in suit) dancing on stage.

PETALING JAYA: It is part of tradition among the legal fraternity to hold dinner and dance events, says Hanipa Maidin over a video of Attorney General Tommy Thomas and Chief Justice Tan Sri Richard Malanjum dancing on stage at a social event.

The video was recorded during a gala dinner, which was hosted by the Sabah Law Society (SLS) in conjunction with the Opening of Legal Year 2019, on Friday (Jan 18) at a hotel in Kota Kinabalu.

"I want to drive home the point that the dinner and dance programme that became 'hot' for no reason is actually part of tradition.

"Yes, I admit that it might seem a little westernised and that certain 'holy parties' found it not 'syariah-compliant'.

"But, to me, the support to give 'life' and 'oxygen' to the once kleptocratic regime is neither Islamic nor 'syariah-compliant'.

"So, please lah, stop acting!" said the de facto Deputy Law Minister on his Facebook page on Sunday (Jan 20), citing several examples of traditions in the legal fraternity.

Thomas and Malanjum were seen dancing to a popular 60's rock 'n roll tune "Let's Twist Again" by Chubby Checker.

Also seen dancing at the gala dinner was Minister in the Prime Minister's Department in charge of law Datuk Liew Vui Keong and prominent lawyers and activists Datuk S. Ambiga and Siti Kasim.

On Saturday (Jan 19), Umno Youth chief Datuk Dr Asyraf Wajdi Dusuki said the incident was an embarrassment to the judicial and legal system of the country as members of the legal system must display sensitivity when engaging each other during social interactions.

However, Kinabatangan MP Datuk Seri Bung Moktar Radin said he found it not a problem.

"I don't see any problem with the function. I feel like dancing too," Bung said on Sunday.

Social media users have also stood up for the event participants, including Thomas and Malanjum.

They described the matter as "normal and harmless" with some asking what was the issue with lawyers and judges letting their hair down in a closed-door function for the legal fraternity.


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